When a team dominates for a few years it is said a dynasty is born. But when you begin to win state championships for 12 straight years, it is something else entirely. It isn’t just one group of kids that is successful, it becomes part of the team’s culture and a winning culture is exactly what Bloomfield has developed. The Bloomfield girls scored 128 points to win their 12th straight CIAC Class S Outdoor Track and Field Championship title with Shoreline champions Old Saybrook taking 73 points for 2nd place and East Hampton in third with 69.50 points.
The Warhawks were led by their captain Jillian Mars who defended her 400m dash title, winning in a time of 57.30 The senior, who has committed to Georgetown, took 3rd in the 200m running 25.92 and also ran a leg of the 4x400m that won in 4:03.48.
Joining Mars in the victorious 4x400m were Jahlia Banton, Terry Miller and Jayden Gibson. Miller also won the 100m and 200m dashes and was pushed to the wire by Canton’s Chelsea Mitchell in both events.
Bloomfield’s depth in the sprints was apparent when they won the 4x100m without their two best sprinters, Miller and Mars. The team of Jahmiha Lindo, Jahlia Banton, D'Jior Delissir and Shante Brown won in 50.72.
It wasn’t just on the track where Bloomfield took home gold medals. In the discus throw, Otisha Williams improved nearly a foot to reach a distance of 120-06. Supporting her in third place was top-seeded Alliyah Boothe who has been injured since the 2nd meet of the season but still managed to qualify for the State Open with a throw of 109-0.
In the triple jump, Shenequa Campbell made her winning jump on her first attempt with a mark of 35-08.50.
Immaculate Dominate Distance
Immaculate had an outstanding day in the distance events with their 4x800m relay team of Kayla Ondy, Ailene Doherty, Molly Coyle and Taylor Mascetta breaking Coginchaug’s five-year-old meet record finishing in 9:35.64.
“I didn't think they would run that fast and I actually told Taylor to ease off to save herself for the open 800m” said veteran Immaculate coach, Brian Hayes. “But then the announcer said they were close to the record and she took off.”
Speaking of veterans, Angela Saidman has been tearing up the track and cross-country trails since she was in middle school. The Immaculate senior not only won the 1600m and 3200m races, but she broke the magic five-minute barrier in the 1600m, running 4:59.40 for the first time. She then came back a couple of hours later winning the longer event in 11:03.98 to add 20 points to her team’s score.
Bloomfield Boys Return to the Top
Last year, Bloomfield boys had a 12-year class meet winning streak broken by Derby, but the Warhawks returned with a vengeance to start another winning streak. Bloomfield athletes won 9 of 18 events to score an incredible 195 points with Coginchaug in second with 73 points and Old Saybrook with 53 points for third place.
Bloomfield has a good mixture of seniors that offer leadership and underclassmen that should help them continue the new streak next year. Junior Sean Dixon-Bodie swept the jumps with three personal records to give his team 30 points. He took the high jump with a leap of 6-06, the long jump in 22-03 and the All-American in the triple jump soared to a new meet record of 48-01.5.
Bloomfield athlete’s not only won the shot put and discus throws, they swept the top four places in both events. The Warhawks throwers earned 58 points all by themselves which would have put them right behind runner-up Coginchaug in the team standings.
Two gold medals are coming home to the Campbell house as brothers Nicholas and Michael Campbell won the shot put (55-05) and discus (146-01) respectively. Aaron Williams took 2nd in both events throwing 53-03.50 in the shot and lost on a tiebreaker in the discus, throwing 146-01.
The future certainly looks bright for Bloomfield as freshman Malcolm Beckford took both the 100m and 200m dashes in times of 11.07 and 21.99 to be named king of the sprinters. His performance in the 200m gives the 9th grader the honor of being the top seed in the State Open on Monday.
Junior Sephton Reid knocked off over a second off his personal record running 39.25 in the 300m hurdles to win his first state title.
To put an exclamation point on their victory, Bloomfield 4x400m team of Shakur Hill, Ray Herbert, Kymali Hay and Malcolm Beckford ran their season best time to win in 3:25.20.
More Notable Performances
While Bloomfield’s collective effort certainly overshadowed much of Class S competition there were several other noteworthy performances last Thursday.
Coginchaug senior Hayden Rovelli won the State Open in the pole vault this winter clearing 14-00 but has had trouble improving on that performance this spring. He finally set his outdoor personal record on his 3rd and final jump, clearing 14-06 to move into a tie with Naugatuck’s Zachary Koslosky for the state lead in the event.
Derby’s Ja'kwan Hale was Class S champion last year in the 300 m hurdles and high jump. But due to a lack of access to a track this spring because of construction, the Derby senior needed to change his focus. Coach Nicholas DiLuggo said, “we had to use some unorthodox methods this season because we didn’t have a track to train and only part of a high jump mat.”
Well these methods must have worked because Hale won the 400m dash in a state leading time of 48.08. It seems that he could have gone faster as he was seen looking back at his rivals the last 30-meters of the race. His time still qualified him for New Balance Nationals Outdoor Emerging Elite sections in North Carolina and just missed the championship standard by .08 seconds.
Hale also joined Rocco Samoker, Xavier Ibrahim and Zerion Montgomery to give Bloomfield one of their few defeats of the day, as Derby won the 4x100m in 43.13. He then finished his day taking third in the 200m finishing in a time of 22.20.
Edward Williams of Sacred Heart defended his championship in the 110m hurdles and broke Rodrigo Souza of Old Saybrook’s 10-year old meet record. His time of 14.28 qualified the senior for the championship section at the NBNO meet.
Rankings and personal records noted above are based on performance lists compiled at Athletic.net.
The complete meet results are available for the CIAC Class S Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet on the Results page sponsored by soundRUNNER Scholastic with stores in Branford, Fairfield, Glastonbury and Old Saybrook. The meet was held at Willow Brook Park in New Britain CT on May 30, 2019.
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